Authors/Contributors

Diane M. Casey

Document Type

Article

Date

Spring 1985

Embargo Period

3-8-2011

Keywords

Syracuse University Special Collections, Benson Lossing Collection, journalism, antebellum, engravings, anti-Catholic

Language

English

Disciplines

American Art and Architecture | American Popular Culture | American Studies

Description/Abstract

Benson J. Lossing's interest in reaching a popular rather than an elite audience, his journalistic style, and the changing methods of historical research, which began to develop at the end of the nineteenth century, have all led to the current opinion of him-that he was a popularizer of history, and not a historian. However, an examination of his long and varied career suggests that his work deserves consideration in the study of antebellum American life.

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